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Massage for depression treatment is becoming an increasingly popular method as well as for other mental disorders, and one that has gotten a lot of attention over the last few years. And while massage for depression doesn’t get the publicity that psychotherapy and medicine tend to get, it is a very real and very legitimate means of dealing with the condition and deserves recognition as such.
In massage for depression, the body releases a number of mood- and health-enhancing chemicals that in turn boost serotonin and dopamine in the body. At the same time, the body also reduces stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol while experiencing a massage. The relaxation that sweeps the body serves to ease the mind of all concerns and worries, and thus, helps battle against depression.
One of the best things about a massage for depression is that a massage therapy tends to decrease, Adrenocorticotrophic hormone (ACTH), a stress hormone that can wreck havoc on one’s mental wellbeing. It also stabilizes blood sugar levels, improves lung function and helps in the proper functioning of the immune system.
A study conducted by Tiffany Fields of the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine noted that the therapeutic value of massage for depression as it relates to decreasing stress and anxiety, as well as aiding with good mental health is particularly high. As per the study, massages helped people sleep better, function more productively throughout the day, and exhibit healthy emotions when dealing with family, friends and co-workers. Finally, the study noted that sufferers who received massages were prone to having small dosages of cortisol in their saliva and smaller levels of urinary cortisol and norepinephrine.
Research conducted by Andrew Vickers and published in “Psychiatry in Practice” also noted that massage for depression can help in the treatment of depression, though he suggested that to say massage therapy could cure depression would be overselling it.
Above all else, a massage for depression present a side-effect free alternative to anyone hoping to put an end to their depression. While a massage for depression every given week may not entirely cure someone of the mental disorder, it will go a long way in aiding the process along, and it certainly can’t hurt.
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